The detective novel was born in the late 19th Century, when its most famous exponent was of course Arthur Conan Doyle with his Sherlock Holmes series. Currently there is a vogue for crime fiction from Scandinavia – Stieg Larsson, Jo Nesbo and the like, and very good they are too.
On the left side of the Book Café, a small room (really a cupboard under the stairs) is dedicated to Crime and Thrillers. Here you will find Sherlock and the Scandinavians, with, in between, an enormous number of others, ranging from the war adventures of Alistair MacLean to the puzzles of Agatha Christie. Most of the paperbacks are €3 each; hardbacks tend to be €5 or so.
We try to stock as many ‘classic’ green Penguins as we can, so that you will usually find here a good selection of books from the ‘Golden Age’ of detection – John Dickson Carr, Michael Innes, Edmund Crispin, Ngaio Marsh, Margery Allingham, Dorothy L Sayers – and naturally their heirs, such as P D James, Ruth Rendell (Barbara Vine), Minette Walters and a regiment of others.
You’ll encounter a good scatter of Americans too – Raymond Chandler, Jim Thompson, Elmore Leonard (RIP), Robert Crais, and the flavour of the decade, it seems, James Patterson.
But it is perhaps the presence of many rather less famous exponents of this sort of fiction that makes the ‘thriller cupboard’ just a little bit different: there are many fine, half-forgotten writers to be discovered here.
Our aim is that all the books in this section are stocked for a good reason, and our hope is that if you choose one almost at random, you will not be disappointed.
In what may be an excess of nationalist zeal, crime and adventure novels that come from Ireland have their own designated shelves in this section, so that, for example, in this detectitudinal apartheid Benjamin Black (John Banville’s crime alias) is found nestling cosily next to Nicholas Blake (Cecil Day Lewis’s alias).
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